Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We began this tutoring session by reviewing Chapter 5 in the student's online algebra book: "Beginning Algebra." That chapter specifically dealt with the topics of algebraic exponents and polynomials. For the remaining part of the tutoring session, he and I reviewed algebra problems in his summer algebra packet. In this algebra work packet, the student specifically worked on: word problems (dealing with simple geometric shapes and angles), graphing, and solving systems of linear equations and inequalities. For our next scheduled tutoring lesson, we will be reviewing word problems in chapter 4. Also, we will review essay writing (how to write a standard 5 paragraph essay). And finally, we will work on vocabulary development and reading comprehension. He is a very bright student. He was very attentive and on task during the entire tutoring session. Thus, our lesson was very productive."
"We finished our review of the end of chapter test on radicals, graphs and simplifying radical expressions and tied up loose ends from previous chapters so she is ready to take the midterm."
"The student had more questions from her practice assessment exam book. Both questions we covered were highly involved, and required some ingenuity to solve. The first problem was a geometry problem asking her to calculate the measure of an angle by using adjacent shapes as tools for solving the problem. The problem involved a lot of steps, and though she was able to understand the math at each step, she needed help seeing how to move forward. The second problem was a somewhat complicated algebra problem requiring substitution, simplification, and solving a system of equations. The trickiest part for her was seeing how to simplify the expressions, an important step that wasn't immediately apparent to her. I explained why it was important to simplify and how I knew to simplify, and the strategies I used in simplifying. Like the geometry problem, she was able to follow the math. Both of these were advanced problems, so she shouldn't be too concerned at this point. It was a good idea to go over the difficult problems because continuing to work on problems of this level will give her more exposure and experience, which will help her in the long run."
"The student is completely a doll, and I'm so lucky to have her as my student! Today, we went over linear equations. This homework was extraneous, but it was nothing we couldn't handle. She is really starting to get a grasp of the notation, using and understanding graphs. With practice, she'll be a pro and ready for Pre-Calculus. She is starting to use her TI calculator instead of her phone, which is a good habit to start. We will continue discussing linear equations because they never disappear in her math career and life. So, getting a good grasp on them is extremely important."
"The student and I covered graphing inequalities and rules of exponents when simplifying expressions. We discussed what to do when dividing, multiplying, adding, and subtracting by exponential terms with the same base. We discussed why, when you divide by terms with same base, you subtract exponents but when you have just a coefficient in the numerator and denominator, you just divide those numbers. She is very smart and I can tell she understands the concepts well. We are going to work on test strategy in addition to material she is covering in class."
"The student worked on her homework assignment. I have started having her go back to look at her past homework in order to figure out how to do the problems that she has forgotten how to do. I am pushing her to try to understand the problems herself, which she has started to do. I am hoping once we are finished with meetings for this year she will have the tools to check her own work and understand the problems she may have. She is getting better and better at trying to solve things herself and only asks me to check her answers for the most part."